Alice Arecco was born in 1977 in Novi Ligure. Graduate in Language and Literature from Genova University, since 2002 she lives and works in Milan. She is head of the artistic programme of Milan Film Festival and, since 2007, also of the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival. During 2006 she also worked at the Muestra de Cine de Pesaro. Between 2010 and 2011 she produced two retrospectives on Jonathan Demme and on Ben Rivers, both for Milan Film Festival, where she is still a programmer of the in and out of competition sections. In 2013 she is curator of the second Italian edition of Bill Nichols’s Introduction to Documentary, one of the most important texts of documentary film theory. Since 2013 she is also project coordinator of Milan Film Network, the network of film festivals in Milan, and she also remains engaged with film projects mentoring, the coordination of a post-production workshop and the organization of Industry Days. In 2014 she becomes part of the selection committee of Trieste Film Festival and since 2015 she is head of international programming at Filmmaker Festival.
Carlos Iglesias moved with his parents from Quitanar de la Orden (Toledo) to Switzerland. He lived there until the age of 13. Then he moved to Madrid and Alicante. Carlos became an actor when replacing a sick friend in an independent theatre group. That led him to enrol in the Real Academia de Arte Dramático (RESAD). The program Esta noche cruzamos el Mississippi (Telecinco) –where he played Pepelu- put him on the map, latter he played Benito Lopera Perrote, his most popular part, ‘the man who introduced gotelé in this country’ (Spain) in the Spanish sit-com Manos a la obra, which reached an audience of more than six million.
In addition, Iglesias directed the successful film Un Franco, 14 pesetas (2006), an autobiographical story about a group of Spaniards emigrating to Switzerland, Goya nominee to Best Debut Director; and Ispansi (Spaniards) (2011), a film on the shipping of thousands of children to the Soviet Union at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. In 2014 he premiered 2 francos, 40 pesetas, second part of his debut film which closes his trilogy on the Spanish emigrants.
Will Massa is the British Council Film department’s Senior Programme Manager. Working from London, Will has responsibility for short film promotion and programming and administers the Short Film Travel Grant fund in partnership with the British Film Institute. He also manages the British Council’s film programme in EU Europe and the Americas. Before the British Council Will worked at Vision+Media as a new talent development executive, and at Rankin Film Productions as Head of Development on their Collabor8te scheme, a short film initiative designed to unearth and develop new filmmaking talent. He is an associate partner at Reel Solutions, providing programming advice to independent cinemas in Yorkshire, and he often works as a programmer and film reviewer for festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest and Bradford International Film Festival. Will is also a freelance script consultant and fund assessor working on both feature and short screenplays for Creative England and Film London. In 2015 Will became a board member for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol.